Wait… can you smell that? Fresh meat and veggies on the the grill, crisp salads and tangy vinegarette, and who could ignore the faint scent of cider in the air. Yup, that’s that smell of summer. Throughout the heat of the open-air season, we're greeted by two patriotic traditions which we are required to observe: The Great British Bake Off, and BBQ’s. While the necessities for participating in Bake Off for most of us usually just involves a couch and a TV, getting together the equipment needed for hosting a BBQ requires a little more preparation. If you happen to be an experienced host and long-time graduate of the grill, so you might have a few of your basics, i.e. a pro-grill, outdoor dining table, etc. in which case we can guide you in the direction of great food to dish-up at your next outdoors event, or scope out some new gear to up your grilling game, but if you’re a total novice to serving your mates smoky savoured creations in the summer, then we’ll happily take you through the A to Z’s of BBQing. From all your equipment to food and drink, we’ve got the works. So crank up the speakers and put on your sunnies, because the next few months will be for setting the summer ablaze with the barbecue.
The Top 10 Essentials You Need For Hosting A BBQ This Summer
Whether you just need a top-up on supplies or you're starting from scratch, we've got everything you need to host the best barbecue of the summer
The Set Up
Food will make them come, but good table settings will make them stay. Well maybe that’s not how the saying goes, but we deem it true nonetheless. Make sure your outdoor dining ware yells summer by channelling some bright colours, and screams safety by being shatterproof. Also, always be sure to have a tablecloth, cause BBQ’s are bound to get a little messy.
Everyone knows that a barbecue requires a little legwork, lucky for us that legwork is pretty fun. Just grab yourself a grill that you’ll be comfortable operating, a charcoal or gas grill, then all you’ll need is either some fuel or coals, a grill topper tray, a set of tongs, skewers and a turner to get you started.
This part of your shopping is where you can get creative and show off your culinary prowess- but be sure not to get too abstract, because if there are no burgers at your barbecue, there will be some sour faces. So to make sure you’ve covered the basics, get a few burger patties along with a vegetarian option for non-meat eaters. Other food that will always prove successful: bread and cheese boards, already pre-arranged to look fancy courtesy of Marks & Spencer.
Along with your food you’re definitely going to need something to quench the thirst that comes as a common accessory with the summer heat and smoky air. To satisfy the gaggle of parched people in your back garden, we suggest a nice selection of red and white wine.